Definition of Drive

1. Noun. The act of applying force to propel something. "After reaching the desired velocity the drive is cut off"

Exact synonyms: Driving Force, Thrust
Generic synonyms: Actuation, Propulsion
Specialized synonyms: Firewall, Impetus, Impulse, Impulsion
Derivative terms: Thrust

2. Verb. Operate or control a vehicle. "They drive the car down the avenue"; "Can you drive this four-wheel truck?"
Category relationships: Driving
Generic synonyms: Control, Operate
Related verbs: Take, Ride
Specialized synonyms: Coach, Test Drive, Tool
Derivative terms: Driver, Driving

3. Noun. A mechanism by which force or power is transmitted in a machine. "A variable speed drive permitted operation through a range of speeds"
Specialized synonyms: Fusee, Fusee Drive
Generic synonyms: Mechanism

4. Verb. Travel or be transported in a vehicle. "They drive up the hill"; "They motored to London for the theater"
Exact synonyms: Motor
Category relationships: Driving
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Related verbs: Take
Entails: Ride
Derivative terms: Motor, Motoring, Motorist

5. Noun. A series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end. "Contributed to the war effort"

6. Verb. Cause someone or something to move by driving. "We drove the car to the garage"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move
Related verbs: Take
Specialized synonyms: Pull, Chauffeur, Drive Around
Also: Drive Away, Drive Off, Drive Out, Drive Out
Derivative terms: Driver

7. Noun. A road leading up to a private house. "They parked in the driveway"
Exact synonyms: Driveway, Private Road
Generic synonyms: Road, Route
Terms within: Turnaround

8. Verb. Force into or from an action or state, either physically or metaphorically. "He drives me mad"
Exact synonyms: Force, Ram
Specialized synonyms: Toe, Toenail
Generic synonyms: Thrust
Also: Drive In, Ram Down
Derivative terms: Ram

9. Noun. The trait of being highly motivated. "His drive and energy exhausted his co-workers"

10. Verb. To compel or force or urge relentlessly or exert coercive pressure on, or motivate strongly. "They drive him to write the letter"; "She is driven by her passion"
Related verbs: Force, Ram
Generic synonyms: Coerce, Force, Hale, Pressure, Squeeze

11. Noun. Hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver. "He sliced his drive out of bounds"
Exact synonyms: Driving
Generic synonyms: Golf Shot, Golf Stroke, Swing

12. Verb. Cause to move back by force or influence. "Beat back the invaders"
Exact synonyms: Beat Back, Force Back, Push Back, Repel, Repulse
Generic synonyms: Force, Push
Derivative terms: Push Back, Repulsive, Repulse, Repulsion
Antonyms: Attract

13. Noun. The act of driving a herd of animals overland.
Generic synonyms: Conveyance, Transfer, Transferral, Transport, Transportation
Specialized synonyms: Cattle Drive

14. Verb. Compel somebody to do something, often against his own will or judgment. "She finally drove him to change jobs"
Related verbs: Force, Ram
Generic synonyms: Make

15. Noun. A journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile). "He took the family for a drive in his new car"
Exact synonyms: Ride
Generic synonyms: Journey, Journeying
Specialized synonyms: Lift, Joyride, Spin
Derivative terms: Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride, Ride

16. Verb. Push, propel, or press with force. "The horses drive across the field"; "Drive a nail into the wall"
Generic synonyms: Impel, Propel
Derivative terms: Driver, Driving

17. Noun. A physiological state corresponding to a strong need or desire.

18. Verb. Cause to move rapidly by striking or throwing with force. "Drive the ball far out into the field"
Related verbs: Beat Back, Force Back, Push Back, Repel, Repulse
Generic synonyms: Throw

19. Noun. (computer science) a device that writes data onto or reads data from a storage medium.

20. Verb. Strive and make an effort to reach a goal. "She is driving away at her doctoral thesis"
Exact synonyms: Labor, Labour, Push, Tug
Related verbs: Bear On, Push
Specialized synonyms: Reach, Strain, Strive
Generic synonyms: Fight, Struggle
Derivative terms: Labor, Laborer, Labour, Push
Also: Push On

21. Noun. A wide scenic road planted with trees. "The riverside drive offers many exciting scenic views"
Exact synonyms: Parkway
Generic synonyms: Road, Route

22. Verb. Move into a desired direction of discourse. "What are you driving at?"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Get
Generic synonyms: Intend, Mean
Derivative terms: Drift, Drift

23. Noun. (sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash).
Category relationships: Squash, Squash Rackets, Squash Racquets, Lawn Tennis, Tennis
Generic synonyms: Return
Specialized synonyms: Forehand Drive, Backhand Drive

24. Verb. Have certain properties when driven. "These cars won't drive "; "My new truck drives well"
Exact synonyms: Ride
Related verbs: Ride
Derivative terms: Ride

25. Verb. Work as a driver. "She drives for the taxi company in Newark"
Generic synonyms: Do Work, Work
Derivative terms: Driver

26. Verb. Move by being propelled by a force. "The car drove around the corner"
Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Pull

27. Verb. Urge forward. "Drive the cows into the barn"
Generic synonyms: Force, Push
Specialized synonyms: Mush

28. Verb. Proceed along in a vehicle. "We drive the turnpike to work"
Exact synonyms: Take
Category relationships: Driving
Generic synonyms: Cover, Cross, Cut Across, Cut Through, Get Across, Get Over, Pass Over, Track, Traverse
Related verbs: Motor

29. Verb. Strike with a driver, as in teeing off. "Drive a golf ball"
Category relationships: Golf, Golf Game
Generic synonyms: Hit
Derivative terms: Driver, Driver, Driving

30. Verb. Hit very hard, as by swinging a bat horizontally. "Drive a ball"
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Hit

31. Verb. Excavate horizontally. "Drive a tunnel"
Category relationships: Excavation, Mining
Generic synonyms: Dig, Excavate, Hollow
Derivative terms: Drift

32. Verb. Cause to function by supplying the force or power for or by controlling. "This device drives the disks for the computer"
Generic synonyms: Power
Derivative terms: Driver

33. Verb. Hunting: search for game. "Drive the forest"
Generic synonyms: Hunt, Hunt Down, Run, Track Down

34. Verb. Hunting: chase from cover into more open ground. "Drive the game"
Generic synonyms: Hunt, Hunt Down, Run, Track Down

Definition of Drive

1. v. t. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room.

2. v. i. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously.

3. p. p. Driven.

4. n. The act of driving; a trip or an excursion in a carriage, as for exercise or pleasure; -- distinguished from a ride taken on horseback.

5. v. i. To make a drive, or stroke from the tee.

6. v. t. Specif., in various games, as tennis, baseball, etc., to propel (the ball) swiftly by a direct stroke or forcible throw.

7. n. In various games, as tennis, cricket, etc., the act of player who drives the ball; the stroke or blow; the flight of the ball, etc., so driven.

Definition of Drive

1. Verb. (transitive) To herd (animals) in a particular direction. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To direct a vehicle powered by a horse, ox or similar animal. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause animals to flee out of. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To move (something) by hitting it with great force. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To cause (a mechanism) to operate. ¹

6. Verb. (transitive ergative) To operate (a wheeled motorized vehicle). ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To motivate; to provide an incentive for. ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To compel (to do something). ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To cause to become. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive cricket) To hit the ball with a drive. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To travel by operating a wheeled motorized vehicle. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To convey (a person, etc) in a wheeled motorized vehicle. ¹

13. Verb. To move forcefully ¹

14. Noun. Self-motivation; ability coupled with ambition. ¹

15. Noun. (military) A sustained advance in the face of the enemy to take a strategic objective. ¹

16. Noun. A motor that does not take fuel, but instead depends on a mechanism that stores potential energy for subsequent use. ¹

17. Noun. A trip made in a motor vehicle. ¹

18. Noun. A driveway. ¹

19. Noun. A type of public roadway. ¹

20. Noun. (psychology) Desire or interest. ¹

21. Noun. (computing) An apparatus for reading and writing data to or from a mass storage device such as a disk, as a floppy drive. ¹

22. Noun. (computing) A mass storage device in which the mechanism for reading and writing data is integrated with the mechanism for storing data, as a hard drive, a flash drive. ¹

23. Noun. (golf) A stroke made with a driver. ¹

24. Noun. (baseball) A ball struck in a flat trajectory. ¹

25. Noun. (cricket) A type of shot played by swinging the bat in a vertical arc, through the line of the ball, and hitting it along the ground, normally between cover and midwicket. ¹

26. Noun. (soccer) A straight level shot or pass. ¹

27. Noun. A charity event such as a fundraiser, bake sale, or toy drive ¹

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Definition of Drive

1. to urge or propel forward [v DROVE or DRAVE, DRIVEN, DRIVING, DRIVES] : DRIVABLE [adj]

Medical Definition of Drive

1. 1. To rush and press with violence; to move furiously. "Fierce Boreas drove against his flying sails." (Dryden) "Under cover of the night and a driving tempest." (Prescott) "Time driveth onward fast, And in a little while our lips are dumb." (Tennyson) 2. To be forced along; to be impelled; to be moved by any physical force or agent; to be driven. "The hull drives on, though mast and sail be torn." (Byron) "The chaise drives to Mr. Draper's chambers." (Thackeray) 3. To go by carriage; to pass in a carriage; to proceed by directing or urging on a vehicle or the animals that draw it; as, the coachman drove to my door. 4. To press forward; to aim, or tend, to a point; to make an effort; to strive; usually with at. "Let them therefore declare what carnal or secular interest he drove at." (South) 5. To distrain for rent. To let drive, to aim a blow; to strike with force; to attack. "Four rogues in buckram let drive at me." 1. To impel or urge onward by force in a direction away from one, or along before one; to push forward; to compel to move on; to communicate motion to; as, to drive cattle; to drive a nail; smoke drives persons from a room. "A storm came on and drove them into Pylos." (Jowett (Thucyd)) "Shield pressed on shield, and man drove man along." (Pope) "Go drive the deer and drag the finny prey." (Pope) 2. To urge on and direct the motions of, as the beasts which draw a vehicle, or the vehicle borne by them; hence, also, to take in a carriage; to convey in a vehicle drawn by beasts; as, to drive a pair of horses or a stage; to drive a person to his own door. "How . . . Proud he was to drive such a brother!" (Thackeray) 3. To urge, impel, or hurry forward; to force; to constrain; to urge, press, or bring to a point or state; as, to drive person by necessity, by persuasion, by force of circumstances, by argument, and the like. " Enough to drive one mad." "He, driven to dismount, threatened, if I did not do the like, to do as much for my horse as fortune had done for his." (Sir P. Sidney) 4. To carry or; to keep in motion; to conduct; to prosecute. [Now used only colloquially] "The trade of life can not be driven without partners." (Collier) 5. To clear, by forcing away what is contained. "To drive the country, force the swains away." (Dryden) 6. To dig Horizontally; to cut a horizontal gallery or tunnel. 7. To pass away; said of time. Drive, in all its senses, implies forcible or violent action. It is the reverse of to lead. To drive a body is to move it by applying a force behind; to lead is to cause to move by applying the force before, or in front. It takes a variety of meanings, according to the objects by which it is followed; as, to drive an engine, to direct and regulate its motions; to drive logs, to keep them in the current of a river and direct them in their course; to drive feathers or down, to place them in a machine, which, by a current of air, drives off the lightest to one end, and collects them by themselves. "My thrice-driven bed of down." Origin: AS. Drifan; akin to OS. Driban, D. Drijven, OHG. Triban, G. Treiben, Icel. Drifa, Goth. Dreiban. Cf. Drift, Drove. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Drive

drive (current term)
drive-by download
drive-by downloads
drive-by killing
drive-by media
drive-by shooting
drive-in movie

Literary usage of Drive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"A. Ruhl. il Collier's 56:8-10 Ja 29 '16 Great Russian drive, map Ind 86:474 Je 19 '16 Great Russian offensive, map Outlook 113:389- 90 Je 21 '16 Invasion of ..."

2. Transactions by European Orthodontic Society, Lina Oswald, Northern Ohio Dental Society, Ossory Archaeological Society, Wentworth Historical Society, Society of Automobile Engineers (1910)
"FIRST COST The references which follow will be to new mills especially equipped for electric drive, insofar as first cost is considered, and not to mills ..."

3. Report by Tasmania Dept. of Mines (1897)
"A shallow adit was driven to cut this, and a drive put in along its course S. 23° E. ... The gossan obtained from the winze is being stacked in this drive, ..."

4. The English Journal by National Council of Teachers of English (1919)
"OUR SPEECH drive REPRESENTATIVES OF COMMITTEES AND PRINCIPAL East High School, ... This drive became the chief topic for discussion in our English meetings. ..."

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